CCTV Camera Clusters / Trees

Author: John Honovich, Published on Nov 01, 2012

Are they a symbol of Big Brother, a good design practice or something in between? Here's a real world example of clustering multiple surveillance cameras on a single pole:

camera tree

They look a little like leaves on a CCTV tree. While this does happen, it is uncommon.

Benefits of CCTV Camera Clusters

We see a few benefits of this approach:

  • Lower installation cost: Instead of running cabling to 4 different locations, just a single run is required.
  • Dedicated coverage: Instead of a PTZ that only looks at one spot at a time, you get dedicated coverage of a 360 area.
  • Deterrent effect: It is hard for people to miss 4 cameras on a pole.

Drawbacks of CCTV Camera Clusters

However, there are also drawbacks:

  • Worse Angles: Because the cameras are all mounted on a single spot, the angles of incidents to people and cars may be worse than putting them at different locations aimed directly at key traffic flows.
  • Expensive product cost: 4 cameras with 4 outdoor housings, VMS licenses, etc. is costly. Perhaps a panoramic would be better in such a location, it certainly would be much less expensive.
  • Aesthetic problems: It is so overt that it could make people uncomfortable or unsafe.

What Do You Think?

I am genuinely curious to hear from those who are using these in real deployments. Any feedback?

Most Recent Industry Reports

Competing Against ADT on Jul 20, 2017
ADT is one of the biggest players in the security industry, with ~$4 billion revenue. In 2017, they were acquired / merged with Protection...
Hikvision Launching Deep Learning Recorders on Jul 20, 2017
Hikvision has become a common choice for super low cost NVRs. Now, Hikvision is aiming to move up market, with deep learning NVRs that claim far...
PR Campaign Exploiting Manufacturer Cybersecurity on Jul 20, 2017
Manufacturers increasingly have a bulls-eye on their back. As cyber security solutions providers grow, they realize a great way to get publicity...
Axis Door Station Tested (A8105-E) on Jul 19, 2017
Axis continues their push into niche markets, especially audio, with network speakers, an IP horn, and video door stations. We bought and tested...
Manufacturer Favorability Guide on Jul 19, 2017
This 120 page PDF guide may be downloaded inside by all IPVM members. It covers our 20 manufacturer favorability rankings and 20 manufacturer...
$8 Billion Utility Georgia Power Enters Surveillance Business Offering Avigilon And Genetec on Jul 19, 2017
Utilities are typically considered major customers of surveillance integrators but one utility, Georgia Power, with $8+ billion in annual revenue...
Knightscope Laughs off Robot Drowning on Jul 18, 2017
A day after a Knightscope robot drowned, Knightscope has issued an 'official statement' making fun of the issue: The implied message is that...
Microsoft Video AI Cloud Services Examined on Jul 18, 2017
Microsoft has released one of the most amazing video analytics marketing videos ever. In it, they detect oil spills, track individual people giving...
Hikvision USA Head of Cybersecurity Exits on Jul 18, 2017
Hikvision USA's Head of Cybersecurity has exited the company. In this note, we review the move, share Hikvision's feedback and examine the...
'Suicidal' Knightscope Robot Drowns on Jul 17, 2017
Knightscope continues its hyper growth, at least when it comes to controversy, this time with a 'suicidal' robot in Washington DC. And here is...

The world's leading video surveillance information source, IPVM provides the best reporting, testing and training for 10,000+ members globally. Dedicated to independent and objective information, we uniquely refuse any and all advertisements, sponsorship and consulting from manufacturers.

About | FAQ | Contact